Thursday, 11 October 2018

Help with this Wainscot please

This little chap was in the trap this morning, it has the wrong shaped wings for Small Wainscot and I'm stumped.
Probably having a dense moment and turning two pages at once!

9 comments:

  1. The markings remind me of Webb`s wainscot but your specimen is a bit on the small side; season is ok though?

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  2. The only one it looks like is Blair's Wainscot, it is correct size and shape , but cannot possibly be that one!

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  3. I too actually briefly considered Blair`s, but thought it unlikely given its great rarity etc (RDB status). Also the photos I saw (eg in CM`s book) did n`t seem to quite match up. However, looking at the illustration in the Concise Guide, it does seem to match somewhat - also -which I did n`t realise - Blair`s is an Oct moth too. Furthermore, the pointy wing tips are suggestive.
    I`ll alert others...it will be a very `hot` find if so!

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  4. I will keep it safe in the fridge.

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  5. I think it's just a Small Wainscot I'm afraid. I've seen examples with similar markings.

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  6. Nevertheless, always worth asking the question, Jane - unfortunately lesser mortals, like myself, frequently get things wrong and rely on other's expertise to point us in the correct direction; but that's how we learn, isn't it?

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  7. Thanks George - it was the strong markings that `threw` me.

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  8. I could easily be wrong myself - it happens all the time! - but I don't think it looks right for Blair's Wainscot unfortunately!

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  9. How important are markings compared to wing shape? The wing tip is not like a Small Wainscot, it is really quite hooked with a curved wing. Small Wainscot has a straight wing and rounded tip. Could it be Large Waiscot which is variable in size. The concise guide shows a small version with similar ish markings.

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